Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

Savor

This Grocery ‘Boot Camp’ Helps POC and Immigrant Entrepreneurs Get to Market

Portland Mercado's three-week crash crash course is free and bilingual.

10/17/2018 By Natasha Tandler

Auto Fixation

This Portland Car Collector Has No Plans to Retire. Ever.

With four decades in the business, Dale Matthews of Memory Lane Motors keeps on cruising.

09/18/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Heroes & Villains

Forget Superheroes: These Comics Take On Politicians and Rock Stars

James Comey to Osama bin Laden to Lady Gaga, Portland's TidalWave Productions turns news into comic books.

09/18/2018 By Sam Pape

Beachcombers

This Oregon Company Makes Amazing Tiki Mugs

Based in Astoria, Muntiki's slip-cast stoneware mugs are limited-edition, hot-ticket items.

09/18/2018 By Emma Mannheimer

Trophy Case

8 Great Portland Design Finds

Hand-thrown mugs to chic raincoats to rustic Mexican chimineas, we're suckers for these local goods.

09/18/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Eden Dawn, and Catherine Johnson

Hot Wheels

Portland's One Moto Show Celebrates the Motorcycle in All Its Glorious Forms

The annual show, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, features more than 180 bikes from around the world.

09/18/2018 By Sam Pape

Long Weekends: Across the River

How to Spend the Perfect Long Weekend on the Sunny Side of the Gorge

Like Hood River? Head across the Columbia to White Salmon and Bingen.

09/11/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Trophy Case

Welcome to the Witchiest Shop in Portland

Head to Secret Forest for your wooden wands and Amazonian plant snuff.

09/11/2018 By Zach Dundas

Dining Guide

15 All-Time Favorite Places to Drink in Portland

From tiny tiki bars to underground cocktail bunkers to German beer halls, here are a few of the city's best spots to imbibe (with great food, to boot).

08/14/2018 By Eat Beat Team

Trophy Case

This Portland-Made Bracelet Has One Wild Backstory

Involving a waterlogged bronze babe and a full-on police investigation.

08/14/2018 By Alena Willbur

Top Shops

Portland’s 9 Finest Cannabis Dispensaries

From converted firehouses to Scandinavian-chic spots, here are the city’s top shops—newcomers welcome!

08/03/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

Fresh Finds

5 Portland Specialty Food Markets to Know

Looking to go beyond the big chains? Hit up these spots.

08/03/2018 By Margaret Seiler and Zach Dundas

Farmers Markets

How to Master Portland's Farmers Markets

For speed and specialties, hit these spots.

08/03/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Bar Guide

6 Portland Bars Every Newcomer Must Know

Think Portland is all hazy IPAs and old-fashioneds? Only one way to learn the truth.

08/03/2018 Edited by Benjamin Tepler By Eat Beat Team

Restaurant Guide

12 Portland Restaurants Every Newcomer Must Visit

From PDX classics to new faves, these spots will give you a crash course in deliciousness. Welcome.

08/03/2018 Edited by Benjamin Tepler By Eat Beat Team

Streets & Hoods

6 Essential Portland Neighborhoods for Newcomers to Explore

Shop, eat, and play your way across the metro area.

08/03/2018 Edited by Kelly Clarke and Margaret Seiler

PDX Planner

Portland by the Season: Can't-Miss Stuff for Every Time of Year

From summer swims to winter film fests, here's how to fill your calendar.

08/03/2018 By Portland Monthly Staff

Recipes

Make Kim Jong Grillin’s Salty-Sweet Galbi Short Ribs at Home

The secret ingredient? Strawberry Sunkist.

07/17/2018 By Benjamin Tepler